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Check Out Our Fall Programs

The summer is going by quickly with residents enjoying fun in the sun before school resumes.

Manager’s Report

Our tennis, swim and karate programs have a few openings if you would like to register your children or yourself. Our tennis and swim teams have had many successes over the summer and we invite you to join our competitive programming. Our coaches will determine what age and ability group your child can attend. Drop by to speak to our Head Tennis Professional, Roberto Calla, Swim Team Coach Alex Richardson, or Romeo Lagaspi, third degree karate instructor, for additional information on our programs. To expedite your entrance to the pools and tennis courts, please bring your I.D. to identify residency. All program information is available online at westchasewca.com or contact 855-0662.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Westchase Tennis at State Championship

Last month we had three players from our Westchase tennis program – Santiago C., Fernando B., and Victoria R. – compete at the state championship. How did these players go from playing at a rookie level to being able to compete against the best players in the state?

There are many reasons. They know what it’s like to be part of program plus – practice before practice and after practice. They are starting to understand the game and become independent thinkers. They are becoming their own coaches. They know how to correct their mistakes when they miss. They understand the physical laws and the dimensions of the court. They are in the process of becoming whole court players. They understand that it’s the will to prepare, not to win. They are part of the club that does it a million times, not the club that has to be told a million times to do something. Most important, they are coachable.

Not too long ago these players were doing the same drills and going through the same process as the new kids in our camp this summer. As a matter of fact, they are still doing it. At any level, fundamentals are of utmost importance. One should never think they’re too advanced to focus on fundamentals.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Take a Dip!

Summer is here and we would like to invite Westchase residents who are enjoying time off to visit our facilities.

Drop by to play a game of tennis, cool off in our pools or take a karate class. Both pools are cooled to provide a refreshing experience during the hot summer months. Summer camp will utilize the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool Monday through Friday, with our Tennis Camp scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please utilize the West Park Village pool and tennis courts for open availability. We ask if you plan to have a deck party, please read over our policies regarding reservations. If you’re interested in meeting new friends while enjoying a healthy lifestyle, sign up for any of our programs listed at westchasewca.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: Reminders for the Summer

The summer is the best time to improve your tennis. Practicing every day during the summer is almost equal to practicing during a school year. Tennis is a very tough game. It requires dedication and commitment. Anybody can be a good tennis player if they work on their fundamentals, and practice, practice, practice.

It takes 10,000 hours to be a great tennis player. Arthur Ashe once said that you can be a fair player in three years, a good player in five years, and a great player in ten years.

I haven't met a 12 or 14 year old player that's great. Why? Because they haven't put in the 10,000 hours.

In any level, the fundamentals should be number one. Many people think tactics are about hitting the ball hard. That's a total misconception. Hitting the ball hard and not being able place the ball to sustain a rally means you are never going to be able to play good tennis. People who just hit the ball as hard yet don’t know where it will go may have a lot of fun and exercise their muscles, but they're not really playing tennis. Until you can actually control the ball, you are not employing the first basic tactic in tennis – keeping the ball in play. How do you develop these skills?

Find a program and practice before practice and practice after practice.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Westchase Jr. Tennis Players Win Tournament

Westchase has a fantastic tennis program for kids that want to learn the sport and compete in local and state tournaments.

I would like to congratulate our Head Tennis Professional Roberto Calla and Derrick Rodriquez for leading our Jr. Tennis team to win the Hillsborough County tournament two years in a row.

With just eight weeks of summer camp and swim lessons, sign up now while we still have a few slots open. Head Coach Alex Richardson and Assistant Jordan Richardson bring over 15 years of competitive swimming experience to the Westchase branch of Tampa Bay Aquatics. Swimming is a lifetime sport that positively affects young kids’ and adults’ overall athletic and personal development. If your child is interested in being part of the swim program, please visit the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool for a tryout to join the growing competitive team.

The Westchase Swim and Tennis center also provides karate under the world renowned Romeo Legaspi, Practitioner of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do. He offers 25 years of experience in the Japanese martial arts for kids and adults. Get a kick out of life and join today. Visit westchasewca.com or call 855-0662. 

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: Doubles Strategy Tips

There is a very common doubles strategy mistake that I see happen all the time. In your doubles play, whether you are the server’s partner or the returner’s partner, when you're up at the net, you should be looking for opportunities to move toward any shot that you can possibly reach so that you can make stuff happen and put the ball away and finish the point.

There's a rule in tennis: make things easy for you and difficult for your opponent. In this case, if the ball is in front of you, get closer to the net, mirror the baseline player, apply pressure hoping that you can intercept the ball and put it away. If the ball passes you and it's behind you, you need to back up closer to the service line – sometimes even farther in case your partner makes a mistake and hits a short, high ball. That way you can have more time to react when the opponent at the net attacks.

I want you to be active. I want you to be dancing as they're getting ready to hit the shot. Make them think about you. Just don't be a statue waiting for the ball to come.

The more you move, the more of a chance they're going to make a mistake and hit to you.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Have You Gotten Your Hand Scanned Yet?

To ensure easy access to our secured pool and tennis courts, visit our association management office on Parley Drive in West Park Village.

There you can get your hand scanned. Otherwise you will need an ID to prove residency at the pools and tennis courts.

All pool parties must be approved with the proper paperwork and fees submitted before the event. We also have a no smoking and no alcohol policy. Before you plan your event, please review our rules and policies, available online.

All children that are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers and all children that cannot swim must be within arm’s length of the parent.

As we head into the summer months, take time to review our tennis, swim and karate programs for children and adults. Our summer camps still have open slots, but hurry before they fill to ensure your spot.

Our pools will be cooled during the summer months and provide a great way to relax during the hotter days.

Enjoy the summer months! Come get a tan, swim, play tennis and relax in your community. All of our program information is available online at westchasewca.com or call 855-0662.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: Advice from a Former Student

Last week Connor Smith visited me in Westchase. He's a player I trained from childhood up to his professional years. He just came back from traveling with the U.S. Davis Cup team. He was called to train with some of the best U.S. players, Brian Brothers and John Isner. I don't think there is a single program in Tampa Bay that has developed a player who has been called to train with the Davis Cup.

His visit was great for the Westchase program. We had a great time. All the kids had an opportunity to talk to him and ask questions. Connor gave lots of advice. One bit in particular got my attention. He said that on all levels – the professional and the junior level – there are two types of errors when you're playing tennis. There are forced errors, when your opponent forces you to do something, and unforced errors, meaning you were prepared and had plenty of time but you missed shots. The real secret in tennis is really making fewer unforced errors and forcing your opponent to make errors.

When you are working on your mechanics and your fundamentals, it really comes down to getting your strokes strong enough or making your strokes consistent enough so you are not making mistakes. I know a lot of people want to make their strokes bigger, faster and more powerful, but the first thing you have to do is to cut down on your unforced errors.

You should only want to make something bigger and more powerful after you've established the foundation of making it really consistent. Eighty-five percent of points in tennis are won because someone made mistakes. That means that 15 percent are actually won because someone hits a winner. So the next time you go out and play, try to really focus on reducing your unforced errors and forcing your opponents to make more mistakes.

It really requires a change in mindset. And it is going to take practice.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Westchase’s Talented Trio

We have three very talented coaches in Westchase.

Our tennis program is growing in strength and talent. The Jr. Team has become a competitive winning combination in Central Florida tennis under direction of its head coach, Roberto Calla. Westchase is now known in the tennis circle as a threat to anyone against whom they compete. Roberto has been with Westchase for two years and during this time we have accomplished tremendous strides in Westchase tennis.

Our Westchase TBAY swim team under Coach Alex Richardson has also accomplished tremendous gains in developing and creating champions at all age levels. We are most definitely recognized as one of the more competitive swim teams in Central Florida.

Our Karate program is led by a world renowned instructor. Romeo Legaspi, Sensei is a Practitioner of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do and offers 25 years of experience in the Japanese martial arts. Romeo, Sensei is currently training and promoted by U.S. Eastern Wado-Ryu Federation. He also carries 10 years of rigorous training from U.K. and Japan.

Now is the time to get your children involved in either tennis, swim, or karate and  be part of Westchase history. Sign up online at http://westchasewca.com or contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center at 855-0662 for additional information.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: Avoid the Low Arm in Volleys

There's not a right or wrong way to play tennis. There's efficient and inefficient. Efficiency is the economy of motion. It entails the least amount of moving parts, and the least amount of muscle recruitment.

The number one reason to change strokes is prevention of injury. The second reason is to get better, have more fun, and put more balls in play. When you play a volley, one of the biggest things that I see people misunderstand is lower arm movement. Try not to play with a low arm movement. Why? With a little low arm movement, the angle of the racquet  changes drastically.

Instead play from your upper arm. The upper arm is the most important segment in the volley. Stay away from playing with your lower arm.

For example, when turning, have your arm in one position. When playing a forehand volley, you want your racquet to go forward. You are only using your upper arm along with your step. If the volley is higher, I'm going to have the same swing. Even if the ball is under the level of the net, I will still have a forward swing. This is where many people get confused. They play from the lower arm and they drop the racquet head and the ball falls into the net.
What we want to do with a volley is just keep it simple. It's just a shoulder turn, get the racquet at ball level and go forward with your upper arm.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Excelling in Swim, Tennis and Karate

Westchase provides world class coaching for competitive swimming, tennis, and karate.

Our recreational programming has become well known outside of the bubble. Our small community has produced many top competitors. This is due to the commitment and continued push for excellence by our coaching staff. We have attended local, national, and international competitions that put Westchase on the map of excellence in sports programming.

Now is the time to get your child involved in fitness and enjoy the resurgence of competitive sport programming in Westchase. Be part of a new era and sign up today. Please come by the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center to speak to one of our staff members or coaches to get a positive start to the new year. 

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: Character

Tennis is the number one sport for building character. Tennis helps build stronger, more extraordinary human beings in all areas of life. It promotes emotional, mental, and even spiritual improvements. Tennis is also a sport that provides the lowest likelihood of participants getting hurt. With tennis, athletes get the greatest growth as human beings with the lowest possible risk of injury.

The reasons coaches get into tennis should not be to forge extraordinary players who win trophies and championships. Their primary goal should not be the number of players a coach can get ranked in the top hundred or even win a grand slam. What really captures coaches’ souls? We want to use tennis to help people become better human beings. We actually want to be able to leave behind a legacy, inspiring students to say, “Because of my coach, I am better human being.”

Like I always say to my students: what’s more important than success is impact.

As I have said before, unlike other sports, in tennis you are all alone on that court. Tennis doesn’t allow timeouts. A match can last four hours or more. The scoring system is stressful. You can win the first set, be up five to zero in the second set at thirty-love, and still lose the match. You can be completely humiliated when it’s all said and done.

In tennis’ ranking system, you have to win. All your privileges in making it to grand slam tournaments – all your self-esteem – is connected to that ranking. People start living and dying by their rankings. No coaching is permitted during these matches. You can’t say a word. It’s one-on-one, like combat.

In our Westchase tennis program we care about our tennis results, but we care more about who you are becoming because of tennis. We have success in the local league with championships and trophies. We even have three players, Fernando, Aryan, and Santiago, who are in the qualifiers for the junior grand slam, one of the biggest tournaments in the world. We have all this success in our program and we never talk about winning.

Yet everyday we talk about character.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Cooler Months Offer WCA Program Opportunities

The colder months offer many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

We offer tennis and swim programs through the holiday and invite you to join us. All programming is listed on our Web site. If you would like to join our tennis or swim team programming, it’s a great time of the year to get involved. Just drop by the tennis courts at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard to speak to our staff or just sign up online.

The Jr. Tennis program and swim team offer times after school five days a week. Now is the perfect time to get your children involved in our successful youth programs.

Please review our policies and guidelines concerning the pools and tennis courts. If you have any questions about our programs, facility access, or our hand-scan system please call the office at 855-0662 or sign up online at westchasewca.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: When to Poach

One of the biggest mistakes players make when poaching in tennis is waiting to see where the ball is going.

A question I'm commonly asked is: what's the proper timing for effective poaching?

When you want to actually move into the middle, make a diagonal movement towards the net, making it appear you are trying to cut off the cross court return from your opponent. This will establish a fake poach before your actual poach.

If the only time you show movement is when you poach, then your opponent is going to see it and it's not going to work. You've really got to leave before your opponent makes contact. The way you do that is by establishing that fake prior to the poach. Then you can move and the ball is available for you to hit.

There are a few things to consider when poaching. Are your opponents hitting a first serve or are they hitting a second serve? If they're hitting a first serve, their serve is likely going to get to the returner faster. If you're showing a fake or if you're actually going to poach, you are going to have to do that sooner than if it's their second serve.

Also observe the tendencies of your partner. Does s/he hit a big flat first serve or do they hit it medium speed? Do they kick or push their second serve and what is its speed? The speed is going to determine when you're going to fake or poach.

The other thing to consider is where your opponent is standing when they receive a serve. Most opponents stay back a little further on the first serve than they do on the second serve. When your opponent is further back, you have to wait a little more before you fake or poach. If your opponent is inside the baseline, however, you have to move sooner.

Another thing to think about is your opponents’ tendencies. What are their strengths and weaknesses? Do they hit down the line or cross court? Don't forget that most players have the tendency to hit cross court. Very rarely do they hit an outside stroke or down the line.

Keep these things in mind and you’ll become a very effective poacher.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Fall Program Opportunities

Fall is here and the temperatures are perfect for outdoor activities.

Our new hand scan system is in place and will require you to sign up to gain access to the courts. Please visit the association manager's office in West Park Village with ID, closing documents or a rental agreement to apply for a hand scan.

We are offering Adult and Jr. Tennis programming, lessons, and special events. Look online for our most recent classes and programs.

Enjoy a heated pool during the colder months and join us for lap swimming or enroll your child in our Westchase swim team under TBAY Coach Alex Richardson.

Our karate program meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. If your child or you would like to join us, karate is a great way to stay in shape and learn self-defense skills.

I invite all Westchase residents to support our programming and sign up online today at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: The Returner’s Partner at the Net

This month I’d like to focus on a situation I frequently see in doubles. The player I want to focus on is the returner’s partner.

When we start a point, I like to have the serve returner’s partner on the service line. That way, if the player returning the serve plays their shot anywhere towards the net player, the partner on the service line has time to react.

The service line should be the starting position. From there if the serve returner plays a shot cross court, the returner’s partner should move forward and mirror the player in front.

What I frequently see is something quite different. When the serve returner hits a good cross court return, the returner’s partner often stays camped out on the service line. He really doesn't take advantage of his partner’s good return by moving up and clogging up the middle a little bit.

If you are starting on the service line as a returner’s partner, as soon as your partner hits that cross court return, make sure that you move up and mirror wherever the ball lands. Be sure to maximize your position to cut off the next shot by the server.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Fall Swim and Tennis Programs Have Openings

The tennis courts off Countryway Boulevard have gone through some renovation.

Now our new tennis building will add value to Westchase and our tennis program. We offer Adult and Jr. Tennis Programs under the watchful eye of Coach Roberto Calla.

The kids are back in school for the fall and we continue to offer after-school programming. We have a few openings in our tennis and swim programs. Our great coaching staff is ready to provide your children with competitive programs where they will find enjoyment and friends. For additional information please check out our web site at http://www.westchasewca.com

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: The Power of Humility

One of the attributes you see in hugely successful people is a quality that the world lacks on a large scale. It's called humility. Humility is an ability to see how much greater you could be at something you’re already really great at doing. Although the world may be praising him at a high level, a humble individual realizes that there's so much more ground to uncover. A humble person knows that the more you learn about something, the more you realize how little you know.

In contrast, a small minded person, the prideful and arrogant person, knows very little but thinks himself an expert. He already thinks he’s arrived and that there is nowhere else to go.

I’ve been around some of the greatest coaches with the greatest minds in the world: Vic Braden, Jack Kramer, Van Der Meer and Steve Smith. These people always give you the impression of how little they know. They're not bragging about their success. They're always looking for new avenues and ways to improve.

As an example, in the last ten years, the Steve Smith program has developed players that have played grand slams. Ryler DeHeart played the US Open, Raven Klaasen became a doubles finalist in the Australian Open. Austin Krajicek is currently playing in the US Open. Kevin Anderson made it to the quarter finals in the 2015 US Open, beating Andy Murray.

I don’t think any other program in the Tampa area developed national champions, NCA champions, and grand slam players other than the Steve Smith program. Venus and Serena  Williams, the Bryan brothers, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, and many others were all trained by Vic Braden. These coaches impacted so many lives, even mine. While dying in his hospital bed, Vic Branden was still writing about tennis.

If the motive is only yourself, you will eventually run out of steam. But if your motive is something greater than yourself – like other people, your desire  becomes a driving point that causes you to find the meaning and the depth of life.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Fall Programs Begin

I am happy to report that we had a successful summer with parents being more diligent in watching their non-swimming children at the pools.

It is a pleasure to see residents adapting to our rules and policies and everyone having a great time. Our pools and tennis courts will require that you have a hand scan for access. If you have not had your hand scanned for access, we will ask for your identification.

September is a time we go back to our afternoon programming. Please check out all of our programs online. If you have any questions please call our Countryway Boulevard office at 855-0662.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Tips: Position on the Court

Now that the summer is almost over, our teams are ready to play in the juniors and adults leagues. Doubles will dominate in the leagues.

I always tell my students that there are two very important shots in doubles: a serve and a volley. You have to be sure to practice those two shots as much as possible. Don't forget that doubles is a team effort, which requires members to communicate at all times. When you communicate, you have to know your position on the tennis court. For example, what side of the court you're going to play? What position on the court are you going to play?

I recommend that the player with the best serve start serving. If you are left handed you should play on the ad side of the court. Know your strengths and weaknesses and discuss them with your partner.

Another important aspect is for your partner to know what you're trying to do at all times, and vice versa. What are you going to serve and return? Are you going to poach?

Understanding that your position on the court has to change after a first serve or a second serve is a must. Most teams don't change their position and they lose their opportunity to be aggressive and achieve a good volley position.

If your team can get to the net and get a good volley position, you're most likely to win the point because you can volley down into your opponents’ court.

Don't forget!  You have to practice, practice, practice with your partner before you can execute in a match.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Fall USTA Teams Forming

We have experienced a great summer and invite you to continue your recreation with us the rest of the year.

Get involved in our programs. They include tennis, swim and karate for all age groups.

USTA adult teams are forming for the fall. Our programs also offer after-school programs for the kids, and we have several openings. Information and advance sign up is available online at westchasewca.com or give us a call at 855-0662. 

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis

Westchase Tennis Summer Camp, which runs from June to August, is a great opportunity to put in the time and dedication to gain tennis skills and experience.

We have a great group of kids who are playing tournaments. They are giving the program a name, an identity and a reputation. I always tell my students: in order to become an accomplished player, you need to put in the time, and during the summer, three times more time than the rest of the year.

If during the year you practice one hour a day, in the summer you need to practice three hours a day. If you normally play one tournament a month, you need to play three tournaments a month during the summer. With this work comes a journey, a journey that you should enjoy. The journey is more important than its end. During the journey you build your technique, your physique, your strategy, and most important, your character skills.

Most young kids cannot go through our summer camp. They don't have the standing power. They don't have the guts. They don't have the work ethic. They need to work, work, work. They have to be a practice animal. They have to be the player that hits more balls than anybody else.

They don't need to be the typical tennis kids. They don't need to be taker. They need to be givers. They can't waste a day; they have to seize the day.

A great story lies within each player; they just have to pull it out.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Westchase Summer Programs Continue

Our facilities offer two pools, tennis courts, summer camps, and karate.

We challenge you to take a break, enjoy the sunshine with your family in our wonderful community of Westchase. Check out our programs at westchasewca.com or contact us at 885-0662 for additional information.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis

The most important component of being successful at a sport is the learning process of developing the natural talent you have and not avoiding the process. You have to go through the process of learning. You cannot change the foundational principles. You must abide by the law: you’ve got to develop your skills within the existing system. Fewer disagreement between coaches and players would occur if we understood the fundamental law: in tennis, the dimensions of the court and physical laws, rather than a coach’s opinion or unique theory, dictate stroke production. The bottom line is that there are no short cuts. You must put in the time and appreciate the process of developing your skills.

In general we have the tendency to “see the end of the rainbow.” We forget the educational building blocks that must be placed for success. For instance, Roger Federer’s mother got tired of seeing her son hit the same shot in balance over and over again for years before he could actually transition to hitting strokes with movement and in live play. Nadal, on the other hand, hit both forehands and backhands with both hands until he was 12 years old.

Every skill or profession demands a skill level before you consider it excellent. When Djokovic was ranked third in the world, he hired the retired American professional tennis player, Todd Martin, to help him change small technical aspects in his game. It made huge differences in his overall skill level and took him from good to excellent. Remember that you can’t make it to the top without putting in the educational work.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Operations Manager Covers Rules for Westchase Pools

Over the past several months we have made many improvements that include painting, power washing, and installing a new hand-scan system to our swim and tennis facilities.

If you have not been hand-scanned for the pool and tennis courts, be prepared to show your ID.

This summer we will retain the right to check any coolers to enforce our no alcohol policy, including red cups or other containers. We also appreciate parents being more diligent in watching their non-swimming children. If you are not doing a great job of parenting, then your child's safety is compromised.

Deck parties must be preapproved and the proper paperwork completed. Westchase residents are allowed four guests per household and they must sign in their guests. You must be 18 years old to have a guest, and 15 or older to be at the pool alone. Parents must accompany underage children and their guests.

We do not allow sports balls, rafts, or mermaid fins that restrict the child's legs. We retain the right to correct any activity or behavior that the lifeguards or management deems unsafe. Make sure your little ones are adequately covered in sunscreen, be respectful of your neighbors and have a fun summer.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

From Your Tennis Pro: Basic Tactics in Doubles

The most important stepping stone in developing good doubles tactics is to learn to communicate well with your partner. You need to know what each of you is trying to do at all times. Get used to talking to your partner before every point, remembering to support and encourage each other. During that communication, you must review your tactics and analyze your opponents’. Try to be aware of where your partner is on the court. Make sure you move together, so that your opponents don't get the chance to hit the ball between you.

During practice I tell my students that the distance between their partners and them should be the extension of each of their racquets. Whenever either one of them moves they should maintain that distance. This helps them have better coverage on the court and prevents their opponents from hitting the ball between them.

There are few key tactics in doubles. First, power is overrated. Instead, be consistent and keep the ball in play until you have a chance to win the point. It might sound like a simple tactic, but if you don't do it, you simply lose the point. Successfully doing this forces your opponent to play the ball back. They then might make a mistake, which means you win the point.

Second, be accurate. Use the extra width of the doubles court to get your opponents out of position. The more you can spread you doubles opponents across the court, the bigger the targets you create for hitting winning shots.

Third, keep a good position with your partner. You have to decide which side of the court each of you will play. If your partner is left-handed, then it's normal for them to begin in the advantage court. The first server is usually the player with the stronger serve. The server should be at a position about two meters away from the center mark. The court is much wider in doubles and your partner and you each need to cover at least half of it.

If your partner is serving, you should be halfway from the service line to the net. This puts you in a great position to volley a weak return from the receiver. If you are receiving, stand just behind the baseline for the first serve. For the second serve, move a little more forward inside the baseline. The decision about where to stand is based on the speed and power of the serve, so it can vary from match to match and server to server.

Fourth, play to the strength of your team. This may be playing angles, playing at the net, or having a good serve. Remember that success lies in recognizing your team’s strength and working together to create opportunities to win points. I always define doubles as a game where you have to try to hit the easy volleys as much as possible.

Last, make sure you exploit the weaknesses of the opposing pair. It may be that your opponents don't move well as a team, don't attack often, or have a weak serve to attack. As you play, make sure that you observing which situations cause difficulties for them. I always have a rule in tennis: make things easy for you and difficult for the opponents.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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WCA Tennis and Swim Programs Growing

Our tennis programs are flourishing and continue to gain momentum under Coach Roberto and Coach Dan.

The Jr. Tennis team is building a strong base of talented young players with several Hillsborough county championships for Westchase. Adults can join our USTA teams as well as our private and groups lessons. If you have any interest in tennis, now is the time to get involved. We are in the process of completing the tennis court upgrades and improvements are in place.

Our Westchase TBAY swim team has gained momentum, notching many successes in recent swim meets. While the program continues to grow, we still have room for your swimmer. If your child is interested in becoming part of our swim team, please stop by and speak to Coach Alex and his assistant coaches.

We will offer swim lessons starting in the summer. Summer Camp will be offered for 10 weeks and will run from Monday, June 12, through Friday, Aug. 18. Be sure to sign up early to ensure your dates and times.

Information about our programs is offered at http://www.westchasewca.com or you can call us at 855-0662.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

From Your Tennis Pro: The True Measure of Success
         
Becoming a special team, a great team and a championship team takes more than talent. It takes commitment, effort and an ability to overcome adversity. Talent is not really very important when it comes to putting together a great team. What makes a tennis team special is a sense of playing together, a sense of camaraderie and a sense of doing everything together for each other rather than being concerned about individual goals.

This takes desire and dedication. Most of all it takes sacrifice. Before the season starts, I always ask my players to raise their hands if they want to play singles, to raise their hands if they want to play doubles and to raise their hands if they want to go to nationals and win. When I ask, everyone raises their hands almost immediately. But when I follow up by asking who wants to put in work, practice, drills, commitment, and serve as a back-up player throughout the entire season, almost no one raises their hands. This is a harder question because everyone wants to play. As much as most players want the team to do well, they still primarily want to do well as individuals. We have to fight this if we want to be a great team.

Another lesson I teach my students is to be good leaders and to be a good older brother or sister to their teammates. I ask them that if a teammate is on the verge of making the wrong decision, will they simply let him go? Or are they going to stop and lead him towards the right path? Yes, we do need our younger brothers and sisters to listen, but we need the older siblings to speak up instead of acting like a teammate’s unwise decisions don’t matter – or as if he isn’t a part of the family. As a team, if we lose one person, it will hurt all of us.

In order to win and to play our best, we need unselfish people, caring big brothers and sisters and great leaders. Last, we have to understand that just winning games on the court isn't what life is all about. If all you do is put another trophy in your case, you will not be remembered. It's what you're doing for the long run that counts.

Winning games is not that hard to do; many do it. Winning games while developing a family atmosphere and doing something special together on and off the court – that’s the real challenge and that’s what Westchase tennis is all about.

Who we have impacted and who we have helped tell the real story of how successful we are as a team.

I urge you to ask yourself: what am I doing that’s really significant?

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Residents Enjoying Warm Winter at Westchase Facilities

It has been a warm winter and this is a great time for the Westchase residents to take advantage of our pools and tennis courts.

We have added shade structures to both toddler pools and our swim team is maintaining steady growth – with several spots still open. If your child enjoys swimming in a team environment, please visit the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s pool for a swim test.

Head Tennis Pro Roberto Calla coached the Westchase Jr. Tennis team to Hillsborough County championships in both age divisions. The Jr. Tennis program is a great activity for your child if they are interested in competing or playing in a wonderful after-school program. Come by the tennis courts, speak to our tennis professionals and sign up today.

The swim and tennis programs meet Monday through Friday. Our karate program is another activity for the kids or adults and meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and select Saturdays. For additional information of our programs visit http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Expectations in Tennis Matches
         
It is always dangerous to have expectations in a match. They impede players from improving.

Whether juniors or adults, everyone who has played tennis has experienced the anxiety that comes with having expectations in matches. There are two extremes. The first one, the expectation to win, arises when you are playing well, your opponent isn’t strong, or you’ve probably beaten them before. In your mind, you are playing a weaker player. So you start thinking, “The match is in the bag.”

During the match, your opponent, however, could be hanging in there and giving you a hard time. At the first sign of adversity, human nature causes panic, anxiety and worry. You start questioning and doubting everything. What if I lose? What will my teammates think of me?

Players get tight and nervous, causing their level of play to drop. These are the most frustrating matches to lose.

Remember that on any day, if you don’t pull it all together, you could lose to Mickey Mouse.

The other extreme is playing someone you know has a good game. Maybe they are the number one seed in the draw, or you know they’ve dominated friends of yours, so you start a comparison game. You start thinking, “I might as well just go home.”

You have the expectation in your mind that you’re going to get crushed. In these cases, the match is already over before you even step on the court. The natural response to this typically is to not even try. So you go out there with low intensity, effort and focus. As a result, you do get crushed and you never give yourself the opportunity to get competitive. You’ve wasted time on the court.

Ultimately, such expectations are destructive towards players’ improvement. Avoid them. Instead, replace them with the expectation that you will do anything under your control to win the match. Most things are outside of our control – the level of play of our opponent, the weather, etc. What you can control is your attitude and effort.

If you keep yourself in the moment and eliminate the external stimuli – the definition of mental toughness – you can accomplish much more and ultimately play your best tennis. This is much more easily said than done.

I always tell my players that to improve their game, it is crucial to play with people above your level, at your level and beneath your level.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Swim and Tennis Staff Greet New Year

We start into a new year and look forward to the new additions and improvements to our tennis courts.

Our tennis program is going strong with adults and the junior teams playing at high levels. If you would like to get involved, please drop by the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center courts or sign up online.

Our swim team continues to grow but we still have a few spots still open. If your child is interested in swimming in a team environment, please drop by the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool for a swim test and speak with our coaches. Both pools will remain heated throughout the winter months at a toasty 84 degrees.

For additional program information log onto http://www.westchasewca.com or call 855-0662.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

The Benefits of Competition

Sunday, Dec. 6, was a good day for Westchase tennis. We were named the best junior tennis team in Hillsborough County. It was a benefit of competition.

In my opinion, the three important parts of competition are:

Leadership: Leadership forces players to be prepared and take responsibility. It shows them not to blame anyone, and teaches them to be their own coach on the court.

Tennis Becomes Your Vehicle: Competition will take you many places. It can take you towards a healthier lifestyle, further your education, and better your social skills. Competition will not only take you places in tennis, it will also take you where you need to go in life.

The Process: Competition is not about coming in first or second place. It is about the steps and process you must take to achieve your goals and make it to the finish line. As a coach I have to work with my players to help find their best styles of play: baseliner, aggressive, offensive, etc. In this process you build the technical, mental, and physical player that you are. During this process, you make daily changes and choices while building skills. Players show their commitment by finding time when there is none. You are incomplete if you don't compete.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Check Out Westchase’s Programs This Winter

Winter is here and we are enjoying the cooler months from a hot summer.

Don't hesitate to swim your laps in our heated pools or play a round of tennis. If your child is seeking an activity in which to get involved, please check out our tennis and swim team programming. We are fortunate to have great coaches that are producing and building local champions.

Sign up online at http://www.westchasewca.com or contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center for an appointment with the coach by calling 885-0662. You can also contact Tennis Head Pro Roberto Calla at tennis@wcamanager.com or TBAY Swim Coach Alex Richardson at swim@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Lessons: Effective Doubles Poaching

There are five fundamentals behind effective poaching while playing doubles in tennis. In doubles, poaching represents an aggressive move where the player at the net moves to volley a shot intended for his/her partner. To be effective, you should show the fake poach first. Consider the following when poaching:

1.) When does the returner makes contact?
2.) Where is the returner when they make contact?
3.) Are they playing an outside stroke or an inside stroke?
4.) What are their tendencies?
5.) What have you shown them?

In my opinion the most important fundamental is the last: what have you shown them? It will make the difference between what I call a dancer and a statue. Being a dancer or showing them a fake poach helps you find out a few things, specifically their tendencies. By applying pressure with a fake poach, you can learn how they handle an outside shot. If the only time you move is when you’re going to poach, they’re going to see it and it’s not going to work.

To poach you have to move before your opponent makes contact. The way you do that is by establishing the fake poach beforehand. Don't forget that playing doubles effectively creates a guessing game. One of the biggest mistakes in doubles is poaching at a high ball, then, rather than hitting towards the outside T, close to the net player, you hit it towards the baseline player. Doing that will miss a lot of opportunities to finish the point.

There are many reasons why you need to hit towards the outside T or to the net player. The most important reason is that the net player has less time to react. Going towards the baseline player will only make it easier for them. At the net you should be a killer.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

USTA Tennis Team Registration Online

All USTA Tennis league players are to sign up on the WCA Web site at http://www.westchasewca.com prefe,rably before Dec. 1.

The remaining deadlines follow:

USTA 40 and over (Deadline: Feb. 15) – Season April-June
USTA Combo Teams (Deadline: July 1) – Season Aug.-Dec.

This online list will be used to determine interested players and establish USTA teams before each season starts. Anyone who signs up after the deadline listed may not get on a team. It is left to the USTA captain’s or co-captain's discretion based on the current situation and needs of the team.

Can't play in the daytime? Westchase is looking to start a ladies USTA 3.0 night team. Sign up if interested. Match play is Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

By Kyle Roberts

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Westchase Pools Shift to Winter Hours; USTA Team Registration Deadlines Announced

This month Westchase’s facilities shift to their winter hours.

Please note that the West Park Village pool hours for the fall will change to 3-8:30 p.m. seven days per week with the slide closed for the winter months.

The Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s pool off Countryway Boulevard will remain open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days per week. Both pools will be heated at a toasty 82 degrees.

If you have not been hand-scanned for entrance to the pools and tennis courts, please do so at your convenience at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s office or the Westchase Community Association (WCA) offices, located adjacent to the West Park Village pool on Parley Drive.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Lessons: Learning Doubles Play, Part II

If you play doubles, remember three things. First, always take the best partner available. How will that happen? Have fun, keep a very good attitude and remember that when your partner misses the ball, they didn’t do it on purpose. Be positive and enthusiastic. If you and your partner enjoy playing together, you’ll have the best team.

Second, a lot of people try to hit the ball very hard, always trying to make winners. Consistency, however, is very important. So be steady and lead your opponents into missing by having a good position on the court. Also understand your responsibilities and areas that need to be covered.

Third, doubles has lots of volleys and you will hit many of them. There are three you need to master: the punching, block and touch volleys.

Players have the tendency to judge every volley the same way, typically as a punch volley. Understanding the differences among the three types of volleys will give players more confidence and will make them more successful when playing at the net.

Communication is also a must in doubles. Have a plan when you're serving and returning. For example, if a weak second serve is delivered into the service box, this becomes a great opportunity for the receiver to join his teammate at the net. The receiver should then move inside the baseline. If he/she anticipates this play, they can hit the return deep into the opponent’s court and move in behind the return.

Before serving, always communicate with your partner. Let them know what formation you're going to use and where you will place the serve, such as wide, down the middle or to the tee. This creates opportunities for your partner to poach. Remember, accomplished doubles teams are poachers who are always looking to poach both when serving and receiving.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

USTA Tennis Team Registration Online

All USTA Tennis league players are to sign up on the WCA Web site at http://www.westchasewca.com

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The deadlines are listed below but all interested players are encouraged to sign up before Dec. 1:

USTA 18 and over (Deadline: Dec. 1) – Season Jan.-March.
USTA 40 and over (Deadline: Feb. 15) – Season April-June
USTA Combo Teams (Deadline: July 1) – Season Aug.-Dec.

This online list will be used to determine interested players and establish USTA teams before each season starts. Anyone who signs up after the deadline listed may not get on a team. It is left to the USTA captain’s or co-captain's discretion based on the current situation and needs of the team.

Can't play in the daytime? Westchase is looking to start a ladies USTA 3.0 night team. Sign up if interested. Match play is Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

Sign up at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kyle Roberts

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Westchase Programs Have Room for You!

One of Westchase’s most unique attributes is the commitment and passion our staff has for their jobs.

Say hello when you get a chance and thank them for a job well done.

As the season gravitates toward winter, our pools will remain open and heated at a toasty 82 degrees for lap swimming.

We continue to grow in our swim, tennis, and karate programs, and have spots available. We are very fortunate to have such talented and skilled instructors working and living here in Westchase. Please don't hesitate to come by the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center and we will introduce you to our instructors. All of our programming information is online at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Lessons: Learning Doubles Play

Now is a good time to talk about doubles.

I define doubles as a team tennis experience, in which each member assumes a strategically functional position that allows both to have fun while exercising. Most of the players, however, don't understand that it's a team experience. While four people are supposedly playing a friendly game, the doubles court has the potential of becoming the loneliest, most pressure-filled and most painful environment around.

Everyone is usually so worried about their own game or their partner’s game that players forget that it's a team experience. Both partners should feel that having a great time together on the court is more important than winning. This team experience will allow each member to play the best tennis possible. If one teammate fears that the other will lose respect or approval when a mistake occurs, the team will never be able to create an energizing bond or experience. Try to remember that your partner is not purposely making errors.

Another very important element in a doubles play is the team’s double formation. I encourage my students to learn, practice and use various formations. The most common formation is the conventional, one-up, one-back formation. I, however, encourage my students to play aggressive doubles and play the net. The purpose is to have both players positioned at the net as soon as possible. The team’s position at the net leaves fewer burnable areas into which an opponent can hit. Both members on your team are more actively involved with each point.

Angular shots are easier to produce at the net than at the baseline. Many opponents will also be intimidated when they see both team members playing the net. It also forces opponents to make more specific shots.
Now team up and have a blast!

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Pools and Courts Offer After-School Tennis and Swim Programs

We are making a lot of changes for the fall and giving both facilities a facelift.

Several projects include the tennis courts and swimming pools and are detailed in other articles within this edition of WOW.

With the calendar’s turn to the autumn months our swim and tennis programs are taking new students for after-school programming. Drop by the tennis courts and speak with Head Tennis Pro Roberto Calla or visit the pool and speak with Swim Coach Alex Richardson if your children are interested in either sport. Don't let your child become a couch potato. Enroll them in a sport that will teach them discipline and fitness for life.

Sign up today at http://www.westchasewca.com!

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis Summer Camp Wrap-Up: Lessons Taught and Learned

I would like to thank all the parents and students for taking the opportunity to be a part of the Westchase Tennis Summer Camp. To do something to try to improve yourself as an athlete and a tennis player is something that a lot of other people would choose not to do.

The purpose of the camp was to help the students to improve as players and athletes. This summer the kids at the camp gave effort, showed mental toughness and responsibly did what they were asked to do. It does not take skill to give effort; it is a mind-set and an attitude. Mental toughness is just as important. This summer was obviously very hot but I told my students that there was no need to say it.

Everyone has the same amount of time, 24 hours in a day, and there is a difference between spending your time and investing it. When you invest your time, you set a goal and a make decision about something you want to accomplish and achieve. Whether you choose to be a good person or a good athlete or make good grades, you must invest your time and make a commitment. In contrast, when you spend your time, you play video games and accomplish nothing.

Another lesson we emphasized the ability to take criticism. All the kids in the camp were corrected at some point. I reminded them that if a player can handle criticism and is still willing to improve, you have a special kid. The players also learned the definition of commitment – finding time when there is none – and mastered the definition of discipline – doing what you are supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, the way it’s supposed to get done.

Players in the camp constantly ask me, “What percent of a player’s success is technique, fitness, diet, or strategy?”

I answered by telling them I believe each one is 100 percent.

Another area we worked on this summer was the way the students thought. Negative thoughts create negative outcomes; positive thoughts create positive outcomes. When you go into a match believing you will win, 50 percent of the job is already done.

It is also very important to win with class and dignity and to lose with class and dignity. There is a distinct difference between pride and arrogance. Pride is the personal satisfaction that comes from being prepared and performing well. Arrogance creates a false sense of self-worth; it is a fatal character flaw and a precursor to destruction.

No matter the outcome, if you believe in yourself, if you have dedication and pride and if you never quit, you’ll be a winner.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Westchase Wimbledon and Summer Programs Wrap Up

Westchase residents have enjoyed a great summer of tennis, swim, and camp programs for all ages.

The tennis and swim teams have experienced many competitive successes under their coaches’ leadership. Our camp directors and counselors have completed another great summer camp for the Westchase residents. Our swim team will continue with their 3-7:30 p.m. afternoon schedule; Westchase lap swimmers may utilize the Village pool during these hours.

We have seen a large increase in parent participation in the pool with their kids. I’d like to compliment the parents for a successful summer of physically being in the pool with your non-swimming children. The added benefit is having fun in the pool together with your family. 

In the fall we will be adding a new court and tennis building to the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center and resurfacing its courts with a fresh layer of paint.

To get involved in our swim and tennis our programs, see http://www.westchasewca.com for their times and costs.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

We had our Westchase Wimbledon tournament, an open tournament for juniors and adults. I thank everyone who participated and made the fantastic tournament possible. I strongly believe that there should be more match play between them because everyone can learn. Juniors can learn wisdom from adults and, in return, adults can regain some enthusiasm from the juniors.

Both consolation and main-draw finals were between an adult and a junior and in both finals the adult won. In both cases the junior “checked-out.” Like I’ve said before, in tennis programs we have stopped teaching character. Juniors are less willing to take the heat, pain and sweat. That is why Westchase’s tennis juniors are daily developing many life skills through tennis training –how to win and how to lose with dignity as well as principles of practice, determination, persistence and commitment.

After the tournament I let my students know that you cannot have great victories in your life unless you can overcome adversity and that the greatest opportunity to learn is to make a mistake.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Summer Hours, Character Building and Another Championship

During the summer we have many opportunities for Westchase residents to cool off in our community pools.

Please note that the Countryway pool supports the camps and swim team Monday through Friday. The Village pool is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the slide opens from noon to 6 p.m.

If you are interested in having a deck party, contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center for additional details. Unannounced parties are not allowed and may result in refusal of entrance.

Non-swimming children will need to be accompanied by the parent in the pool. We do not allow sports balls, rafts, smoking, or alcohol within the pool or tennis facilities. All of our policies are available online at http://www.westchasewca.com

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

I hate to say it, but teaching character, awareness and independence is a rarity these days. In my youth, however, it was a tennis coach’s number one priority. Tennis programs are under such pressure to get kids playing as quickly as possible. In most programs teaching character virtues is no longer done. Teaching them, however, should be our first priority.

Students should learn respect for adults and respect for their opponents. They should be fair and ethical competitors. They need to understand that making excuses for losses is not good sportsmanship. One common example of this is when a player gets a bad call and he makes the decision to tank in order to avoid the stress and uncertainty of competition. Excuses are worse than lies.

I always tell my Westchase players that the average is six bad calls in a match. In my opinion, players these days may have better technology with racquets and strings. They may even hit the ball harder, but they are far more likely to tank now than in the past. The reason for this is because most sports programs have stopped teaching our youth character skills. Many pros and teachers are afraid to harp on these things for fear of losing a student to the coach up the road who is all about hitting balls. I believe strongly, however, that the pros who focus on character development as well as tennis place themselves ahead of their competition. In the long run, they end up with much more business.

Teaching character is more important than hitting balls.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

Westchase Cougars Repeat at County Champs

Congratulations to the Westchase Cougars, who recently won the 2014 Hillsborough County USTA Championship for the second year running. The victory means the tennis team will continue their post-season play at the USTA Sectional Playoffs in July. 

Remarked their captain, Kyle Roberts, “Thank you to a great team and our wonderful coach Roberto Calla!”

Best of luck at sectionals, ladies!

By Kyle Roberts

Attention Tennis Players

If you are interested in playing tennis in any of the Westchase tennis programs, please contact Kelly Shires at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Westchase Offers Activity and Tennis Camps

Summer will be a busy time at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

We are offering tennis and activity camps at our main center on Countryway Boulevard. For more camp information, please see the end of this article.

If you are planning a pool party, it must be approved by management and you must fill out an application and make payment before the event takes place. Please note that we do not allow any sports balls, rafts, alcohol, or smoking in the pool area.

New hand scanners will be in place for the summer to ensure that only Westchase homeowners and their guests utilize the facilities. Visit the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard or the association manager’s office on Parley Drive to have your hand rescanned.

If you are unsure of our rules and regulations, they are posted at http://www.westchasewca.com For f.urther information call 855-0662.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

Tennis strokes are useless without a strategy that gives them direction, yet strategy without strokes is useless as well. Strokes and strategy go hand in hand in winning tennis matches.

Yes, we did well on the scoreboard and now we can celebrate. What is most important, however, is that Westchase tennis players, from juniors to adults, are all starting to understand the game of tennis. A player without strategy on the tennis court is like a ship without a rudder. It can still move but it will take pure luck to get where it wants to go. The legendary coach, Vic Branden use to say, “There are smart players and stupid players. The smart player has an overall plan for how he will win points. Tennis matches are not won with amazing shots. They are won with many basic, routine shots. It’s like chopping down a tree. You don't do it with one tremendous stroke of the ax. You do it with an accumulated effect of many small strokes.”

Remember, in tennis your strength comes from your mind. In order to win you must have more willpower and concentration than your opponent. This keeps your unforced errors low. You will ultimately win when your opponent runs out of willpower and his unforced errors increase. Your main task as a competitor is to maintain your concentration longer than your opponent. Remember the old joke about two friends camping in the middle of the forest. They are awakened by a grizzly bear, snarling and clawing at the side of their tent. In fright, one friend asks the other, “Do you think we can outrun the bear?”

His friend answers, "I don't have to. I just have to outrun you!"

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

Westchase Offers Kids Two Summer Camps

Westchase Summer Camps run 10 weeks total from June 9-Aug. 15. Half day and full day camps are available.

At our Westchase Activity Camp kids aged 5-12 enjoy swimming, arts, crafts, sports, games and field trips. The schedule is: Half Days, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-6 p.m.; Full Day, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The camp offers early drop off at 7:30 a.m. for no additional charge. Resident half-day camp costs $75 per week (non-residents, $98 per week). Resident full-day camp costs $150 per week (non-resident, $196 per week). Daily rates are not offered.

Optional add-ons include afternoon swim lessons, tennis camp and field trips.

Tennis Camp, for kids 5-18, is offered Monday through Friday. The camp includes a lunch time swim. Red Ball runs 8-9:30 a.m. or 9:30-11 a.m. and costs $75 for residents and $98 for non-resident each week. Junior Tennis runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $200 for residents and $260 for non-residents weekly.

Attention Tennis Players

If you are interested in playing tennis in any of the Westchase tennis programs, please contact Kelly Shires at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Westchase Summer Camp: Are You Registered?

It's time to start planning for one of our two camp programs, Summer Activity Camp or our sport-specific Summer Tennis Camp.

We are glad to welcome back our solid team of counselors and camp directors for another successful year. The camp runs 10 weeks over June 9-Aug. 15. The campers will participate in sports, arts and crafts, swimming and field trips. We also will continue with the Karate program through the summer for interested children or adults. Additional program information can be found at http://www.westchasewca.com or residents may call the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center at 855-0662

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

When we compete in tennis we have to consider many aspects of play. Whether you are a professional athlete, a youngster, or an adult, you must learn to have a sense of responsibility. When you're out on the court playing a match, you are your own coach. Players often act a certain way when winning and a different way when they are losing, turning themselves into human score boards. In contrast, accomplished players take responsibility for every decision made on the court. They know there will be ups and downs and realize the game’s momentum can switch at any time.

Daily I teach my students that their strength while playing tennis comes from their own minds. I let them know that steady behavior coincides with consistent skill performance and positive outcomes.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

Attention Tennis Players

If you are interested in playing tennis in any of the Westchase tennis programs, please contact Kelly Shires at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Non-Swimming Children: Keep ’Em Close or Lose Pool Privileges

With the summer right around the corner Westchase’s pools will become busier.

While our lifeguards have the responsibility for securing the pools in order to provide a safe environment for all, one of the major changes we are implementing pertains to parents. Due to the increase of non-swimming children being left on their own in the pools, we are implementing a new safety rule.

If we have to save your non-swimming child continually, you will be asked to leave the pool, an incident report will be filed, and you will stand to lose your use of the facilities for a predetermined amount of time.

If your child cannot swim, you must be within an arm’s length of your child at all times when using the pool.

I have seen a complete lack of responsibility from parents who are sitting 50 feet away and chatting on their phones with no concept of where their child is. These parents are putting their children's lives in jeopardy by not providing the basics of child supervision.

The Westchase pools are not a drop-off child care facility. We expect the parents to do the parenting. 

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

In the game of tennis, players cannot win without a forehand, backhand, serve and volley. Yet for some reason tennis players regularly try to win matches without hitting proper strokes.

Strategy is a plan for winning and  stroke production is the tool used to carry out that plan. Before players even start to swing a racquet, it is extremely important that they know the movements related to efficient strokes. On Westchase’s tennis courts we have our students learning to combine body movement with racquet movement. We teach players a system of balance and a simple method by which they can use checkpoints to maneuver their bodies. The system of balance is the starting point for stroke production. Players freeze after the follow-through, which allows them to slow down the swing and evaluate their stroke.

The other part of stroke production is off-court preparation. I always recommend that my students shadow-swing at least two times every day. As important as quality training is, so is quantity.

The combination of on- and off-court training gives our players the tools they need to carry out their plans when we compete. Just like a handyman we have to know what tools we have and how to use them.

I tell my players that tennis is first a match against themselves. Get your stroke production in line, and the wins will follow.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Westchase to Hire Two Assistant Swim Coaches

As the weather warms we are seeing an increase in our pool usage.

Even in the coldest days our pools remained a toasty 83 degrees. Please come out with the family and enjoy a nice, relaxing day with us at the pool.

The Westchase Swim Team kids are very dedicated to the program and their coach, Alex Richardson. Some of the rainy and colder days they go inside for their fitness program and enjoy several games of dodgeball to keep it fun. The TBAY team continues to grow and develop into a very competitive young group of swimmers. If your child is interested in a team sport that will build remarkable fitness and develop long lasting friendships, then the Westchase swim team is the place to be. We have openings on the swim team for ages 6 through high school.

Due to our swim growth I am excited to announce that we are bringing on two assistant swim coaches. Don't miss out on an opportunity to be part of the legacy that our swimmers are creating. For a swim assessment, visit or call the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool on Countryway Boulevard to set up an appointment with Coach Alex.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swimming News

As the days start to warm-up here in Westchase, many residents will be looking forward to getting back to shorts, flip flops and, of course, swimming.  TBAY Westchase is excited to offer our Learn to Swim Lesson program for residents of all ages to enhance their swimming experiences.  This summer our program has been redesigned into a session-based program.  Each session will run for two weeks and swimmers will participate in eight lessons throughout those two weeks (offered Mon-Thu).  Registration is now available for session one and session two, which start in April! 

If you have any questions regarding the new swim lesson program or our competitive swimming programs or if you are interested in general information, please be sure to visit http://westchasewca.com www.t,baywestchase.org or contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center about available times.  All lessons are private lessons and rates are $75 for residents. 

TBAY Westchase is looking forward to another great summer in the pool! 

By Alex Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming

Richardson, Westchase’s swim coach, can be reached at arich122.tbay@gmail.com.

Tennis News

If anyone were to question Tennissmith school’s commitment to education and certification, they should look no further than the success of Raven Klaasen.

Raven marks the latest in more than 30 years of successful stories. Raven has been one of our students for many years. In the Australian Open 2014 he reached the finals in doubles, beating the best teams in the world, including the Bryan brothers.

I still remember the first day he came to our program and subsequently trained with us for many years. I have to give all the credit to Tennissmith school for his success. I am glad that I was part of his development through the many years, day in and day out, under the leadership of Steve Smith.

Steve Smith always keeps a low profile, despite having many successful students winning national and NCAA championships, playing professional tennis in Grand Slams, and having developed many successful tennis coaches. I celebrated this Australian Open as if it were my Grand Slam.

We will continue to develop and bring more players to our game to make a difference.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

Meet the Instructors!

Residents interested in signing up for swim lessons this summer can drop by and meet the instructors!

Saturday, March 8
Noon-3 p.m.
Westchase Swim and Tennis Center Pool
10405 Countryway Blvd.Tampa Fl 33626

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Hardworking Lifeguards and New Tennis Backboard at Westchase’s Facilities

I thank all of Weschase’s lifeguards for doing a great job securing our facilities and enforcing our rules and regulations.

We are fortunate to have an educated and customer friendly group of young adults working for the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center and Village Swim and Tennis Club. We have a wide range of high school and university students majoring in pre-law, pre-medicine, business and criminal justice, along with several others working on their master’s degrees.  We sometimes view young people as if they are not informed, but don't let their young faces fool you. They are very mature and responsible when it comes to their jobs as lifeguards.

We want everyone to enjoy their safe visit to the pools. Please make an extra effort to say hello to many of our hardworking staff members serving the Westchase community. Our rules and regulations are available online if you need a refresher.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

Perfect practice makes perfect. If you practice with a purpose, then you are going to get more out of your practice session then simply going to the court and hitting. This is true for serves, forehands or backhands.

If you have a weak shot or serve, designing drills around that weakness constitutes practicing with a purpose. You also want to work on your technique, tactics and tailor your practice to your opponents if you have a match coming up. My advice to players is to come up with a list of things on which you have to work and to keep it in your tennis bag. When you head off to practice, you’ll have something to work on and you’ll get more out of your tennis session.

In the pictures you’ll see Westchase students using chairs, buckets, and portable backboards to help improve their games. I am always reminding my students that tennis is a low body sport. Using this type of equipment, the student is learning to use their lower body to lift the ball while letting the body lead and the racquet follow. Rainy days are great for practice to focus on fundamentals, technique and the little things. I always remind my students that the little things become big things.

Not having a purposeful practice is equal to having empty hours on the tennis court. We’ve added a portable backboard to Westchase’s tennis program. Backboards are your best partners because they’re always there and they will always return the ball. Our new backboard will help students focus on having straight line strokes, swinging high-low-high and developing compact swings. Anyone is welcome to practice on the backboard at any time.

Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

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Westchase’s Pools and Courts: Ready to Help With Your Resolutions

January is the start of New Year’s resolutions, so why not enjoy fitness at the Westchase’s swim and tennis centers?

We have programs that will accommodate just about any schedule. This includes morning or evening adult tennis and swimming opportunities. The Westchase TBAY swim team and Westchase Jr. Tennis programs have a few open slots for ages 5 through high school. We also have several adult group tennis programs that run throughout the week.

All program and payment information is available at http://www.westchasewca.com

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Tennis News

Tennis is a game of footwork. One of the most prestigious tennis coaches in the United States, Vic Braden, used to say that getting into position is equal to racquet skills. I always try to get players to focus on recovering and getting into position for the next shot. In Westchase tennis the students’ best friend is the jump rope. We are trying to achieve boxer’s footwork. Why do boxers have the best footwork? Because they can die if they don't move. Tennis players should learn from boxers.

I will always feel fortunate for having worked with Steve Smith and Vic Braden, two of the most prestigious tennis coaches in America. They have been contributors to the success of many who have made a career and life from our wonderful sport of tennis. They have been able to convey those tennis lesson essentials that make the teaching and learning experience so rewarding for our students. I will always help my students to be knowledgeable.

We need to teach students to play the game of tennis. This involves more than just being able to hit the ball and make it look good. They need to understand the court and be able to take responsibility. Most important, they have to have a sense of enjoyment. We always learn better if we learn with passion.

By Roberto Calla, Westchase’s Tennis Pro

Calla, Westchase’s tennis pro, can be reached at callatennis@hotmail.com.

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Village Pool Adjusts Hours for Winter

Even though the temperatures are falling, we are still open for swimming.

The Village pool’s hours, however, will be adjusted for the winter to Monday through Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s pool on Countryway Boulevard is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Our Westchase swim team utilizes the Countryway Boulevard pool Monday through Friday from 4-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday until 11 a.m. for practices. We therefore ask lap swimmers to please use our West Park Village pool during these times.

Our tennis program has experienced many positive changes under Head Tennis Coach Roberto Calla. Be sure to check out all the new programming and fitness components added to our tennis training.

Both swimming and tennis programs are open for all ages, 5-years-old to adult. Note that all program payments including private tennis lessons are now online. For additional information see our Web site, http://www.westachasewca.com or ca,ll us at 855-0662.   

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swimming News

Tampa Bay Aquatics in Westchase has been working hard in the pool this fall at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.  While most of our practice time is dedicated to in-the-water training, this season our team, especially our Age Group program, has started dryland training.  "Strong out of the water, stronger in the water" is a new team philosophy. You might have noticed our swimmers running the trail around the pond near the fire station. Along with abdominal muscle and core strengthening, swimmers are showing big gains at swim meets. 

To further our dryland training, this year TBAY Westchase decided to participate in the Great West Chase.  Sporting our red TBAY Nation shirts on race day, almost 25 of our teammates, parents and Coach Alex participated in the 5K and fun run. Many swimmers finished in the top five of their age groups.  TBAY was proud to give back to the Westchase community through an outstanding event. 
Go, TBAY Nation!

By Alex Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming

Richardson, Westchase’s swim coach, can be reached at arich122.tbay@gmail.com.

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WCA Expands Program Offerings

As we grow the programs, we have come into a new era for Westchase.

Our swim team has hired an assistant coach, Dylwn Jones, and we have hired head pro Roberto Calla to head our tennis staff. If your child has any interest in either program, now is the time to get them started.

For adults we provide several swim and tennis programs from early morning swim to group tennis clinics. Even though the season is changing and the temperature is dropping, both pools will be open for the fall and winter. The West Park Village pool will have limited hours, so please check http://westchasewca for times.

I want to remind the residents that your household is allowed to bring four guests – not each person is allowed to bring four guests. Non-residents are not allowed to be left at the pool. You must stay with your guest during the time period your guests are visiting. Children must be 15-years-old for independent use of the pool and you must be 18 or over to have guests. Adolescents are not allowed to bring unsupervised children to the pool. All of our rules are posted online for your review.

If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center at (813) 855-0662.

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Tennis News

I am happy to be a part of the Westchase tennis program. I am going to start off by defining the beautiful game of tennis. Tennis is defined as running and hitting targets with a score.

Running represents the physical, hitting the technical, tactical the strategic, and scoring the psychological and mental emotional aspects of the game. While each of these areas represents an all important aspect of the game, the technical is by far the most important. It is, however, often neglected and misunderstood. In my opinion, strategy is often overrated while stroke production is underrated. The fact is, in order for a player to execute a strategy, the player must first know how to execute the strokes used in the strategy. Everyone can run, but very few can produce quality strokes.

In most programs there is no practice on rainy days, but these days are great for slowing down and focusing more on fundamentals, basics and video analysis. In tennis little things turn into big things, so from now on there will be practice on rainy days. Compared to other sports, the use of video analysis in tennis is often neglected. In other sports, video analysis is a part of an everyday routine. This is something I will gradually introduce into our program. Ultimately my goal is to teach the players how to hit the ball and develop strokes that hold up under pressure.

By Roberto Calla, Director of Westchase Tennis Program

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Parental Responsibility Lacking at Pool

After a successful summer we, as a community, are still missing out on a common concept:

“If your child cannot swim, you must stay within arm’s length of your child.”

What do you say to the adult when his or her child goes under water, cannot swim and the parent is on the phone or talking to other parents 20 yards away with no clue that the child is struggling in the water?

The Westchase lifeguards have had to save approximately a dozen children this year because parents are allowing non-swimming children to enter the pool unsupervised. It is not the position or responsibility of the lifeguards to babysit your child. If we have just one non-swimmer in the pool, then the guard uses the majority of her time watching the one child while there are 20 other children in the pool that also need supervision.

It is very frustrating to see this behavior from adults day after day. All it takes is one cup of water for a child to drown. CPR, moreover, is no guarantee that the child will survive or not have permanent brain damage.

I hope, in the coming months, Westchase parents will start taking their parenting responsibilities around the community pools more seriously.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Swim and Tennis Center Bids Summer Schedule Farewell

Another summer has now passed by, but not without a lot of fun in the sun.

Our summer camps were busier than ever this year and the new water slide was a big hit for both kids and adults. The staff worked very hard this summer providing a safe environment for everyone. Our pools are crystal clear while maintaining a refreshing water temperature at 82 degrees.

With the return of school-year schedules and programs, our swim team will relocate back to the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool off Countryway Boulevard until next summer. Please note that the Village pool is more conducive for lap swimming. It is the better option for residents interested in exercising with very little interruption from programming.

With the return of school, please check out swim and tennis programs on the previous pages. Registration is fast and easy. Most all of our programs are paid online. Simply log on to http://westchasewca and see the login box at the top of the left column. If you need additional information, please contact the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard at 855-0662.

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

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New Slide Opens at West Park Village Pool

Exciting changes are happening at the West Park Village Swim and Tennis Club.

In recent weeks we’ve opened a new slide there. It will be open with a lifeguard from approximately noon to 6 p.m. every day. You must be able to swim competently to use the slide.

This month I also offer a helpful reminder about some of our other pool rules. If your child cannot swim, please remain within arm’s length of him or her. Children who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers and toddlers should utilize the smaller pool. We do not allow rafts, sports balls, alcohol or smoking anywhere on pool property.

A Westchase Community Association (WCA) resident is allowed to bring four guests per household to the pool. If you are planning any type of pool party at either facility, you must fill out a reservation form in advance and comply with some other pool party guidelines. At their June meeting, your board of directors approved a motion directing staff to forward the names of homeowners who don’t comply with rules about pool parties. The board will then consider possible termination of pool use privileges for six months for those residents who don’t follow the reservation and pool party requirements. Be sure to call ahead to ensure you’re fully informed about our party guidelines.

For your own health, please remember to wear your sunscreen and reapply every two hours.

Above all have fun and be safe.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

New Summer Swim Lesson Program

Summers are for swimming here in Westchase! TBAY Westchase has been working hard at our new summer location, the West Park Village Pool, as swimmers gear up for their championship meets at the end of July. This summer swimmers will represent the TBAY Nation at various meets in Largo, Fort Lauderdale, Lakeland, Gainesville, Fort Pierce and St. Petersburg.

Swim lessons will be ongoing until the end of August. All lessons will take place at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. If you are interested in swim lessons, TBAY Junior (formerly Little Flippers) or the competitive TBAY Westchase Program, please contact me, Coach Alex, at arich122.tbay@gmail.com.

Good luck to all our swimmers as they compete throughout the summer!

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

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Considering Westchase Camps for the Summer?

The end of school lies just around the corner. What are your plans for the kids?

Now is a great time to reserve your camper’s spot with us for the summer. Westchase offers two camps. Our first offers activities and game-based programs. Our other camp option concentrates on developing tennis skills for competitive play.
We are welcoming back our Westchase Activity Camp Director Brittany Larmen and Assistant Director Ryan Larmen. Meanwhile our Tennis Director, Mike Larscheid, will kick off the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s 13th year of tennis camp programming. Due to increased interest in our summer programs, we have hired additional camp staff for 2013.

Camp starts on June 10 and runs through Aug. 17. Camp this year will include the entire week of Independence Day. Please register early to secure your child's spot at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s camps. Please print out your camper forms provided with our online registration at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

New Summer Swim Lesson Program

This month TBAY Westchase is excited to announce our new swim lesson program. The program will run from April through the end of September and is offered for swimmers ages 18-months and older. Even adult lessons will be offered! Packages are set up in sets of six lessons (two hours of instruction) and packages cost $75 for Westchase residents.

All lessons will be geared toward learning to swim – with the eventual goal of getting young swimmers onto the TBAY swim team! Blowing bubbles, kicking, basic freestyle and side breathing will be the focus for young swimmers, while older swimmers will focus on learning more advanced stroke techniques.

If you have any questions, please visit the Westchase Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com where, our new swim lesson information tab is up and running!

We are excited about this new summer program and look forward to continuing to grow the competitive swimming environment in Westchase!

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

Summer '13 Tennis Options

All the tennis options at Westchase courts this summer may seem confusing, but look at it this way: regardless of your choice, you’re guaranteed to have a ball!

In short, I can help you create a summer tennis schedule that meets your needs.

Tennis Fusion: The Tennis Fusion option represents our school year program (Red Ball, Orange Ball and Yellow Ball) with one change – its hours have been changed to morning. The youngest players, ages 5-8-years, are on the court for one hour (9-10 a.m.). The 8-12-year-old players are on the court from 10-11:30 a.m. and the tournament players are on the court from noon-2:30 p.m. Tennis Fusion is a four-week program. You can sign up for one day per week, two days per week or three days per week (three days is the unlimited package).

Tennis Fusion can also be very flexible. I can help you customize this program based on vacation time. We can even work around other camps – even Westchase’s own activity camp.

Tennis Camp: There are 10 weeks of tennis camp this year with a short week during the Independence Day holiday.

It's going to be a crazy busy summer, so sign up early. All registration is done on http://www.westchasewca.com You c.an either call or e-mail me if you would like to customize your summer.

Facebook: Westchase Tennis is the Facebook page that allows you to follow all of Westchase’s tennis programs for adults and juniors. I will always have new information on the page as well as links to sign up for special events. All you have to do is "like" the Westchase Tennis page. You can also find me on Facebook by searching Michael Larscheid. If you friend me on my page, I will make sure you get messages to remind you of events that are going on.

By Mike Larscheid

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Director, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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Register for Westchase Summer Camps!

Have you registered yet for our popular Westchase Summer Camps?

Summer break will be upon us before you know it. Each year we offer two camps, a camp that is tennis-specific and our daily activity camp. Westchase Tennis Director Mike Larscheid and staff will return for their 12th year of Westchase tennis camp. Tennis camp also includes a lunch-time swim to cool down in the pool.

We welcome back Brittany and Ryan Larmon, who will manage the summer activity camp. Because of the increased interest from last year, we have expanded the activity camp and will be excepting additional children in 2013. It’s therefore important to sign up early!

Some of the parents paid for either the entire summer or several weeks at a time to ensure their spots were reserved. The age range for campers is 6 to 12-years-old. We will offer arts, crafts, swimming, sports and field trips every week. A full day of camp will start at 8 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. with an early drop off available at 7:30 a.m. You also have the choice of half-day camp, which runs from either 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. All of our camp counselors are lifeguard and CPR-certified.

Additional information about our activity and tennis camps can be found on our Web site: http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

TBAY Westchase was excited to wrap up their spring championship season with the Florida Age Group Championship Meet and the Area 3/5 Championship meet.  Both meets took place at the Sarasota YMCA in March.  After months of hard work, swimmers were excited to rest for their Championship Meet in March. 

Up next, swimmers are looking forward to a great summer long-course season, which will kick off with our first meet in Winter Haven in April.  Long course season is a big challenge for swimmers and the team is looking forward to tackling the great summer season that lies ahead.  Be on the lookout for more information regarding the new swim lesson program; it will be open to Westchase residents and non-residents of all ages! 

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

The Westchase men’s 4.5 tennis team won the USTA Hillsborough County league title last month. The team posted a 7-1 record, beating out three tough squads from Hillsborough Community College and one from New Tampa. The team, comprised of a mix of Westchase residents and players from nearby communities, now advances to the USTA Section Championship, scheduled for July 19-21 in Daytona Beach. The team was led by captains Steven Ehrenpreis and Richard Martin, and included Stephen Katsarelis, Matt Laccabue, Aleks Mucino, Bill Wymer, Kurt Williams, Steve Gionis, Jim Morgan, Jason Horwitz, David Peterson, Patrick Whittlesey, Peter Katsarelis, Steve Crivello and Luis Romero.

Congratulations!

By Mike Larscheid

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Director, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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Pool Rules, Spring Swim Meets and PTR Information

Please read over our rules and regulations listed on http://westchasewca.com at your convenience.

Children who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers in the pool. We do not allow flotation rafts in the pools because they block the lifeguards’ ability to see non-swimming children that might fall off and get caught under the rafts. Our seasoned lifeguard staff wants to ensure that your family and children are kept safe and injury-free during your visit to the pool.
The Village pool temperature is maintained between 84-86 degrees for recreational swimming, and the Countryway pool is maintained at 82-84 degrees for competitive and fitness swimming. Five lap lanes are open at all times at the Village pool and with some restrictions at the Countryway pool due to swim team practice. Please check available times on the Web site.

Our tennis courts are for resident use only. If you do not pay HOA dues, then you are not considered a Westchase Community Association (WCA) resident. There are many who live within the Westchase area, but are not part of the WCA. If you rent a Westchase home, you are considered part of the WCA but you will need proof that you are living here to gain access. We ask that you bring your rental forms, driver’s license, and a utility bill containing the rental’s address to the Countryway pool for verification of residency.

Additional information about our programs is available on line at http://westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

Spring is coming fast and TBAY at Westchase is looking forward to another exciting season in the pool.  Swimmers have been working hard to prepare for their championship meets: Florida Senior Championships, Florida Age Group Championships and the Area 3/5 Championships.  After our championship season concludes, swimmers will continue their hard work as they head into the long course summer season.

If you are interested in trying out the TBAY Westchase Swim Team or the Little Flippers Swim Group, feel free to call or come by the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center for a free evaluation. 

TBAY Westchase is excited about the upcoming championship season.  Good luck to all swimmers representing the TBAY Nation this March!

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

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Lifeguard Kudos, Spring Swim Championship Meets and Valentine’s Mixed Doubles

As our swimmers prep for their spring competitions, the tennis players are heating up the courts with Valentine’s Mixed Doubles tournament.

I would like to begin, however, by commending our lifeguard staff on their work ethic and the ability to go beyond their job duties. We have a great group of young men and women that work at both the Village and Countryway pools as lifeguards. Most of the staff are attending college and working toward their master’s degrees. Several of our guards have been with us for five or more years.
Currently the Village pool is open and heated for the weekends, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a reminder, please ensure that your child is wearing swim diapers if they are not potty trained. For the continued safety and well-being of your children, it is important that you keep a full eye on them while they are in the pool.

Please drop by either facility to say hello and enjoy the warmer weather.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

Hello, from TBAY Westchase! I am excited to welcome another great year of swimming here in Westchase.

January welcomed back our Little Flippers program on Mondays-Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. Tri-Swim continues from 11 a.m.-noon. Meanwhile our TBAY swimmers are looking forward to the Spring Championship Meets in St. Petersburg (SPA) in January and at Tampa Prep (TBAY Central) in February. Their Spring 2013 Florida Senior Championships and Age Group Championships will take place at the end of February and the beginning of March and the Area 3/5 Championships will conclude the short course season at the end of March.

If you are interested in getting more information about the swim team or if you have any interest in learning to swim, please be sure to contact Coach Alex Richardson (arich122.tbay@gmail.com, swim@wcamanager.com). Swim lessons are available for any age, 18-months and older.

Westchase is looking forward to continuing a tradition of excellence in aquatics and the TBAY Nation is excited about the success that lies ahead in 2013!

By Alex Richardson

Richardson, Westchase’s Director of Competitive Swimming, can be reached at swim@wcamanager.com.

Tennis News

February, the month of love. For some it’s just another month – just a Hallmark holiday. For the rest, it’s a time to celebrate that special someone in your life.

In the beginning: love-love.

There is no other sport that is more romantic than tennis. The long, sweeping backhands. The endurance and strength. The silky approach. The caress of the angled volley and the climax of bringing it home with the overhead.

Score: 6-love.

For the non-tennis fans, that would be 6-0. Which means that in this sport, love means nothing. Or, as J. Geils Band would say, “Love stinks.”

In our “I Like It − I Love It” Tennis Tournament (Mixed Doubles) on Saturday, Feb. 16, we will be featuring a Valentine’s-themed mixed doubles tournament. The first 16 teams that register are in. All levels of play are welcome. Come on out and join us for this fun-filled event with tons of prizes, laughs and songs of love to fill the air during the matches.

Check out the Web site, http://westchasewca.com for t,he details and to sign up.

Ooohhh, tainted love!

By Mike Larscheid

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Director, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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WCA Names New Swimming Coach

It is my pleasure to welcome to Westchase our swim coach, Alex Richardson.

Alex comes highly recommended by the local TBay swim organization, the Westchase Community Association Board of Directors and me. We move forward into 2013 with high expectations for the future growth of Westchase’s swim programs.

Alex will also provide a much needed service of providing swim lessons for Westchase residents ages 2 through adult.

The West Park Village pool has gone through several changes this year with the installation of geothermal heaters and heat-dissipating devices, allowing residents and their guests to swim in the pool year round. The new system will keep the pool warm in the winter months and cooler in the summer months.

Please note that the pool’s new winter hours will be posted on the Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Swim and Tennis Staff Marks Loss of Beloved Swim Coach

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Westchase Swim Coach Kelley Allen.

He was an amazing mentor to all the children on his swim team. Kelley was also well loved by fellow staff and members of the Westchase community. He will be missed immensely.

Kelley was well into his second decade coaching in the Tampa Bay Area and had a solid list of accomplishments. As well as earning his ASCA Level 4 Certification, Kelley had been a member of the Florida Swimming Zone Team Staff in 2004 and 2006. He was nominated for Florida

Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year several times, and was recognized as the Coach of the Year for 2010. Kelley coached several Jr. Olympic Champs, Jr. Olympic high point winners, state record holding swimmers and recipients of Florida Swimming’s Swimmer of the Year awards.

Kelley was a member of the coaching staff on two Jr. Olympic Championship teams as well. Kelley Allen's swimmers have been consistently named to Florida Swimming All-Star teams and Florida Swimming Zone teams. Kelley even had a former swimmer on the Peruvian Olympic Team in Beijing, swimming the 200 fly in 2008.

God be with you, my friend.

By Kelly Shires, Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

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Westchase Swimmers Hoping for Mild Winter

As we roll into November and the weather cools, Westchase swimmers are hoping that winter treats them kindly.

There is lots of activity going on at the pool. High school swimming season is over so all of our scholastic swimmers can put their focus back on year-round swimming endeavors. In coming weeks they’ll be attending the upcoming Gator Meet in Gainesville at the University of Florida pool. There they will strive to achieve cuts for Senior Champs and Junior Nationals.

Meanwhile the Age-Group novice swimmers are prepping for their upcoming St Pete meet and The B State Championships in early December. These swimmers are focused on qualifying for the Junior Olympics in March!

Regardless of age or skill level, all Westchase swimmers are looking forward to the holiday season, when we can practice even harder and swim even faster!

By Kelley Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Following the printing of November’s WOW, Westchase learned of the tragic death of Coach Kelley Allen. Coach Allen was widely respected and loved and will be greatly missed.

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Helping Westchase Stay Healthy

Our tennis and aquatics programs provide a great service to the community.

In addition to being fun, they promote fitness, athletic skills and overall health and wellness.  We have seen a steady increased in participation and look forward to continued growth and greater interest in them. Sign up early to reserve your spot.

Residents can now register for Westchase’s tennis and aquatic programs online.  Please register for your password and user name at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

October is very busy time for our swimmers. With record growth on the swim team after the London Olympics, the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center has been very busy. Our high school swimmers are in the peak of their season and getting a lot of exposure in the local media.

Our younger swimmers have been attending local meets all over Tampa Bay. They’re setting new best time standards and winning loads of high point trophies.  Meanwhile our Little Flipper group is still going strong with over 20 swimmers in the water daily.

Our big meet this month is the Halloween Meet in Largo. Good luck swimmers!

By Kelley Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Positive Changes at Swim and Tennis Center

Over the past year we have made many new and positive changes to the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

When I started there were areas that I wanted to improve in operations. The facilities needed a face lift and that journey began with the pools and mechanics of the pump rooms. Once I got all of the new standards of operations implemented, we worked on improving the quality of the tennis courts and painting the buildings.

We implemented new standards of customer service and improved staff training and development. As the months ticked away the lifeguards began to assist in the maintenance of the facilities, including the tennis courts. I am very proud of the staff and of what they have accomplished over the last year. Most are our own aspiring Westchase residents.

We have accomplished a lot in little time. Our professionals that manage our camp, tennis and aquatic programs have far surpassed expectations and their programs continue to grow and provide quality programming for all residents. My congratulations to them for a job well done!

Teamwork is key to success at Westchase. We have experienced a genesis, a new beginning, a renewed outlook. That is what I see as I stand back and look at all that has been accomplished. I’m equally excited about what we will accomplish in the near future.

Please check out http://www.westchasewca.com for new programs and events.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

By Kelley Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

When I started coaching at Westchase, most of the swimmers were 12-years-old or younger. It's hard for me to believe that many of these athletes are now attending high school. One is even in his senior year.

The Westchase swimmers are spread out all over the Tampa area. We have students at Alonso, Sickles, Gaither, Robinson, Jesuit, Tampa Catholic, Land O' Lakes and Mitchell. With high school swimming season well under way, I would like to wish all these swimmers the best of luck this fall.

Westchase’s younger swimmers are now focused on the Short Course Yards Season, which runs from September until late February. Little Flippers will run through September as well; whether we decide to run the program through October will depend upon the number of swimmers.

September has us at meets in Countryside and St. Petersburg facing some stiff area competition.

With a full slate of meets and lots of time for hard work and improvement, the entire team is geared up for a great autumn of swimming.

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Summer Camps Wrap Up in Preparation for Fall Programs

We had a great summer camp program this year.

Brittany and Ryan Larmon managed the activity camp and our summer tennis program was managed by Mike Larscheid.

We’ve received many resident compliments on the pools as we continue to improve the water chemistry and general upkeep of the facilities. 

To educate the staff on lifeguard duties to better serve the community we hold in-house training for CRP/AED and surveillance of the pool. I would like to congratulate our lifeguards as they made several saves this summer. I would also like to thank our parents for being more aware that they too have an obligation to watch their child while swimming. If your child cannot swim, please sign up for swim classes to help him or her learn. Until they are proficient swimmers, please stay with your children while they are in the pool.

All the rules and regulations for the swim and tennis facility are online at http://westchasewca.com for your review. We now require that a child must be 15-years-old or older to use the swim facility independent of his or her parents. Any child under 15 must be accompanied by a resident who is at least 18-years-old. In addition, only residents 15-years-old and older may bring guests to the facilities.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

I wasn't sure I could survive until August! But I made it!

Eight hours on the pool deck every day during the summer swim season is brutal. The feels-like temperature on the deck at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center is easily 120 degrees by midday! Throw in a swim meet almost every weekend from May to July and a stretch of four weeks without a day off and you can see how I wasn't too sure I could make it to Aug. 1!

Now things can slow down a bit. The kids are still observing the summer swim schedule for a few more weeks, but there are no swim meets at all in August. This is a relief, so now our goal is to get the older swimmers ready for their high school season and to focus the younger kids again on swimming fundamentals.

Our swimmers are also looking forward to a nice team trip to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon on Aug. 5 to help kick off the month as well.

Meanwhile I’m looking forward to the start of the school year and the long fall and winter swim season.

By Kelley Allen

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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July Swim Events Feature Champion Competitions

July is championship month for Florida swimmers.

With The FLAGS Meet, Senior Champs and Area 3/5 Champs, July is a very important month for Westchase swimmers. We send several swimmers to the FLAGS Meet every July. FLAGS stands for Florida Age Group Championships (formerly known as Junior Olympics). This is the summer state championships for swimmers 14-and-younger. Qualifying times are very challenging and the meet is usually one of the fastest age-group meets in the country. This July, FLAGS will be held at the University of Florida pool in Gainesville.

The Westchase swim team was made up of very young swimmers when I started several years ago. As these kids get older, we have more and more of them qualifying for Senior Champs, the state meet for swimmers 15-years-and-older. This is a very fast meet. In the past, it has even had Olympians like Ryan Lochte and Brooke Bennett in attendance. Senior Champs will be held in Sarasota at the Selby YMCA this month. 

Swimmers who did not qualify for these two meets still have the Area 3/5 Championships. This meet is very competitive too. We usually have big group attending and this year’s competition will be held in St. Petersburg.

Whew!  I will probably look pretty tired come August!

Good luck to all Westchase swimmers attending these championship meets! 

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Summer Swimming Takes an Educational Turn

When school gets out things really get hot in Westchase!

The Westchase swimmers find that they are still being schooled in the summer time. With more time to practice, I try to do more educational things for our swimmers. I strive to teach them more about technique and training. This should all lead to better performance at our summer swim meets.

Little Flippers is going strong too. The Little Flippers program is like kindergarten and first grade for the swim team and is almost all instructional. If you have a young swimmer who knows the basic strokes and wants to explore joining the swim team, Little Flippers is a great place to start.

With a few 50-meter, long-course meets under our belts already, I have good gauge of where our local swimmers are now and what we need to focus on going into the heart of the summer swim season. We have had some good outings in Largo and Winter Haven. Forty-six Westchase swimmers attended the last two meets and helped Tampa Bay Aquatics to victory in the team points titles. Several of our swimmers won individual high point awards at these meets as well.

Our next meets are in St. Petersburg, Largo and Lakeland.

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Sign Up Early for Westchase Summer Camps

Westchase’s favorite summer camps run from June through August.

Both camps, held at your Westchase Swim and Tennis Center, begin on Monday, June 11, and continue through Friday, Aug. 17. Our programs include swimming and fun activities all summer long. Our experienced counselors, Brittany and Ryan Larmon, are back again to supervise the camp program. Full day and half day camps are available.

We also have a specialized summer tennis program for kids. Please sign-up with Coach Mike Larscheid at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.     

The Village pool and Countryway Boulevard pool are open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Please be aware of our swim diaper rules and plan accordingly before your visit. Ask your child every 30 minutes if they need a bathroom break so that we don't have to close the pool due to an accident. We all want to enjoy a clean swimming environment. All the pool rules, regulations and facility rental forms are available on the association’s Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com
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The Countryway Boulevard pool has swim team practice starting June 11. It runs  Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to noon and 3-6 p.m. in the evening. Saturday swim practice is held 7 a.m.-noon. Summer camp times are 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will also affect some of the pool availability during swim times. During these times please visit the Village pool. We will always have lap lanes open there throughout the entire day and lots of open swim time for the residents.

Before you plan your pool parties this year, make sure that you have reserved space on the pool deck. All pool deck parties must be pre-approved several days before the event date. See rules and regulations on deck reservations.

Our guest policy allows a Westchase resident to bring up to four guests per household. Non-residents are not allowed to visit the pools without the resident. We will be diligent on checking IDs and ensuring that our pools’ rules are enforced to allow a safe and fun summer for all Westchase residents and their guests. 

Floats are not allowed in the pool as they obstruct the guards’ vision of the pool. Children often hide under them and non-swimmers who use them can float into areas with pool depths above their heads.  Sports balls are also not allowed in the pool. They become projectiles and cause injury to bystanders.

Please wear your sunscreen and take frequent breaks throughout your time at the pool to rehydrate. Above all have a great summer!

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

May is time to get your Little Flippers going. In the past Little Flippers ran from May to October. This year I offered it year round. The numbers really fell off over the winter, however, and now I am down to two Little Flippers.

If you have ever been to the pool at swim practice time, you will notice there are a lot of kids on the swim team. Most of the groups are close to being full and I really enjoy the challenge of coaching a big group of swimmers all at once. So I am hoping the Little Flippers group will fill up as we head into the summer. I’d like it to be as fun and challenging as my other swim team groups.

Little Flippers is a program to help prepare existing swimmers who need stroke refinement to join the swim teams. You must remember, however, that Little Flippers participants must be able to swim. To be in this group a swimmer must be at least 6-years-old. They must be able to swim 25 yards (a length of the pool) of freestyle with proper arm and leg coordination and rhythmic breathing; 25 yards of backstroke with proper arm and leg coordination and balance; and 25 yards of breaststroke with proper kicking technique. They must also show some basic butterfly skills.

All new swimmers will need to be evaluated at the Swim and Tennis Center to make sure they are ready. If your swimmer has done Little Flippers before, just come by the center to sign them back up! 

The rest of the swim team has been working very hard tuning up their strokes and building up their endurance as we head into the grueling summer 50-meter long course season. Our first meet will be the Rowdy Cup Meet in Winter Haven.

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Westchase Swimmers Shine During Championships

Local Westchase kids are making a big splash in the state’s most competitive pools.

In terms of weather, this past winter was one of the best in recent years. When you swim outdoors year round like our Westchase swim team does, you can really remember the cold ones! Our recent warmer weather helped keep the swimmers in the water for some great practices and it showed.We sent a squad of four swimmers to Senior Champs in Orlando last month to compete with the likes of Olympians Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkay. Our kids swam very well at this state championship meet for swimmers 14 and older. They hit lifetime best times in all most every swim.

Westchase's Austin Sellers was our top finisher, scoring sixth place in the very competitive 14-16 200-yard Breaststroke. Kyle Kimura qualified for finals in every event in which he swam, including an eighth place finish in the 14-16 Men’s 100 Freestyle. Kyle also won the 400 Freestyle Consolation Finals.

Jocelyn Williams and Ben Parker had very strong meets as well! 

Next up was our 14-and-younger swimmers’ chance to shine at the Florida Swimming Age Group Championships. The Westchase swim team had 11 kids qualify for this very fast meet! They were Kendal Allen, Taylor Anderson, Zachary Bennett, Ava and Paige Carter,  Kayli Diaz, Ryaan Hatoum, Kory Kimura, Casey Knowles, Jabari Ramsey and Lauren Sellers.  We also had Richi Bui and Zuri Ramsey invited to swim on relays too!

Our young Westchase swimmers swam amazingly well at one of the fastest and most competitive age group championship meets in the U.S. Ava Carter won first place in the 10U Girls 50-yard Breaststroke and the 11-12 Boys saw Jabari "The Ferrari" Ramsey winning three state titles for the 50- and 100-yard Breastroke and the 11-12 Boys 100-yard IM.

All of our swimmers rocked at this meet and I was extremely proud of how they represented Westchase at the state level.

Our next meets will be the Area 3/5 Championships in Sarasota and the Rowdy Cup in Winter Haven, our first 50-meter long course meet!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Online Registration for Swim and Tennis Center Programs Available

February usually brings warmer temperatures back to Florida.

Why not join us for a swim and a game of tennis at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center? Our hours of operation for swimming are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. The tennis courts and office are open at 8 a.m. each day for reservations or additional program information. We are starting a volleyball competition for each subdivision of Westchase to encourage friendly team play with Westchase residents and their guests. Please contact the Swim and Tennis Center to sign up.

You can also register for all programs at the swim and tennis centers from the comfort of your home. For registration and additional information about programs available at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center, please see our Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com

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Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Swim News

February means the onset of the championship swim season. Our 15-and-older swimmers are gearing up for Senior Championships in Orlando near the end of the month. The 14-and-younger swimmers are focused on the FLAG Meet in Sarasota (formerly known as Junior Olympics).

These meets are very fast and represent the state championships for their respective age groups. Our swimmers who have not achieved any qualifying times are looking forward to the Area 3/5 meet in March, which is also held in Sarasota.

We have been blessed with a pretty mild winter so far, compared to the last two winters. Many of our meets and all of our practices are outside, so the Westchase swimmers are pretty tough. They, however, like the mild weather as well.

In January we attended one indoor meet and one outdoor meet. The indoor meet was at Clearwater's Long Center Pool, where we had a huge Westchase group competing with 610 swimmers from around the country. The outdoor meet took place in St. Pete and was the last chance for our Westchase swimmers to achieve their championship cuts.

We are looking forward to March and our big meets!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Warm Pool Water and Great Tennis Tournaments

Winter’s cooler temperatures don’t shut down the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

Please join us for a new year of fitness and health. Contact Mike for our tennis programs and adult tournaments. For our swim programs please contact Kelley Allen. Our pool temperature is maintained at a toasty 82 degrees.

The Early Bird Swim is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5-7 a.m. The TriGals swim on Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11 a.m.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

Here we go full-bore into a New Year.

The Westchase swimmers should be proud of everything they have accomplished the past year. Our membership has increased, our kids are swimming well and people have been taking notice!

The Westchase crew finished off 2011 by attending the Gator Meet in Gainesville and the B Championships in St Petersburg. The Gator meet was big and fast, with more than1,200 swimmers in the competition. It was a feat to make it through the preliminary heats and qualify for the evening finals. We had Kyle Kimura in the 15-16 Boys division making finals in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Paige Carter qualified in the 13-14 Girls and ended up swimming a super race later that evening, taking ninth place and winning the Consolation Finals.

Jabari Ramsey won the 50 and 100 breaststroke in the 11-12 Boys finals. He also took second in the 100 IM and fourth in the 200 IM. Ava Carter took two second place medals in the 10U Girls 50 and 100 yard breaststroke races.

The next weekend we were again in St. Petersburg at the B Champs, the state meet for Non-Junior Olympic level swimmers. We had several first place finishers, including Austin and Lauren Sellers, Richie Bui, Carolina Ricciardi, Maddie Strassen, Christopher Quach and Ben Parker.

It was a great end to swimming in 2011 and we hope for a great 2012!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

Tennis News

On Saturday, Dec. 10, we had our inaugural Holiday Mixed Doubles Compass Tournament. We started the first round at 10 a.m. and we finished the last match at 3:30 p.m. All teams played three matches for placement in the draw, which set up eight finals. Each point of the compass had teams playing for the big prizes. Everyone was in a final based on his or her record for the day. We had very competitive matches with many finals ending in tie-breakers.

Nell and Alex won it all, finishing the tournament with a 4-0 record by defeating a team of Dana and Quinn in the finals.

We had a full draw of 16 teams (32 players) in the tournament. There was great competition and prizes for the division champions. We offer our thanks to the sponsors of the tournament: Applebee’s, Burger 21, Catch 23, Essentials Spa, Five Guys, Peggy O’Neills (Palm Harbor), Red Bamboo Medical Spa, San’s Pizzeria, Serenity Spa, Stone Chase, Surf Shack, West Park Deli and World Of Beer

Tennis Tournament Winners

Nell/Alex, East Champion
Dana/Quinn, East Finalist
Nadina/Russ, SE Champion
Kim/Chuck, SE Finalist
Anne/Jeff, N Champion 
Quynh/VanMan, N Finalist
Dyan/Mike, NE Champion
Alex/Philippe, NE Finalist
Kathy/Lee, W Champion
Steph/Mark, W Finalist
Sandra/Andrew, NW Champion
Sarah/Dan, NW Finalist
Printha/Meir, S Champion
Tonya/Mike, S Finalist
Melanie/James, SW Champion
Annica/Drew, SW Finalist

By Mike Larscheid

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Pro, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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Westchase Soccer Announces Spring Registration

Registration for Westchase Soccer Association’s spring 2012 season is just around the corner.

Please visit http://www.westchasesoccer.org for information regarding program offerings, registration and volunteer opportunities.

We anticipate fielding Under 5, Under 6, Under 7, Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12 age groups, provided that there are enough volunteer coaches. The registration fee for these age groups is $90.

A MiniWee program will be offered to children 3½-4 ½-years-old as an introduction to soccer. Children must be 3½ by July 31, 2011 in order to be eligible to participate in the spring MiniWee program. The registration fee for the MiniWee program is $70.

Eligibility for participation is not based on the child’s current age. Participants must meet eligibility requirements based on the Florida Youth Soccer Association’s age division cut-off date of July 31, 2011. This age grouping is effective for one academic year. Please refer to the age division chart on WSA’s Web site before coming to registration. An original, legible copy of the child’s legal birth certificate must be provided at the time of registration for all new participants. It is strongly recommended that parents read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on WSA’s Web site prior to registration.

By Margot A. Pinheiro, WSA President

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Little Flippers Now a Year-Round Swim Instructional Program

This month Westchase expands its swimming instructional opportunities for young residents.

The Westchase Swim and Tennis Center is now offering a year-round Little Flippers swim program for swimmers ages 6-9. Please contact the swim and tennis center to make an appointment for a preliminary swim test with Kelley Allen, our Director of Competitive Swimming.

The center’s pool, located off Countryway Boulevard, is heated seven days a week to 82 degrees. We invite you to join us for lap swimming for fitness.

Our tennis program is offering a winter camp for the kids and adult tennis socials. If you would like to be added to our invite list for tennis events and socials, contact Coach Mike Larscheid at mike@wcamanager.com  Programs and updates are available on the Westchase Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

December is an important month for Westchase’s swimmers. With a long break from school near the end of the month, we have an opportunity to step up our practices a notch! The older swimmers get to do doubles, a term that simply means they will be swimming two practices a day. This is a chance to really make some big strides in their swimming before we head into the championship season. 

Now that Little Flippers has become a year-round, this is also the first December we have held the program. This group is entirely instructional in nature, so we are hoping for a mild winter this year so we can see its participation levels grow.

The Westchase swimmers have been tearing up the local swim meets. We have recently attended competitions in Largo, South Tampa, St. Petersburgh and Clearwater. Our swimmers shone at these meets and brought home plenty of awards and new personal best times. Currently Westchase swimmers are gearing up for the Gator Classic at the University of Florida in Gainesville and the Florida Swimming B Champs, held later this month in St Pete.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season as well as a great swim season!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

Tennis News

If you haven’t already, it’s time to register on http://www.westchasewca.com All y.ou need to do is log on and register. There is no cost for doing so.  By registering for an account you will be able to sign up for our player search option. This option allows you to find other tennis players for pick-up matches.

All of our swim and tennis programs now have online registration. If you are already in the program, you will save by registering online. All of the players that are currently in the Junior and Adult Tennis programs are considered preferred players. By signing up for programs online you will get a savings on all programs. If you are a preferred player and take a session off, you will still remain on the list. If you take off for more than one session, you will have to re-enter the programs at their original costs and then be added back to the preferred player list.

The Adult Tennis Buffet has two new options. There are two morning clinics, three evening clinics and one weekend clinic per week from which to choose (more information about the clinics can be found at westchasewca.com). Players can drop in for any clinic or they can buy a package of “anytime clinics.” If you purchase a package of “anytime clinics,” you must use them in the current session. They do not roll over.

Get registered! Come on out to the courts for the health of it!

By Mike Larscheid, Westchase Tennis Pro

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Pro, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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Village Pool Closes for Season

From the Operations Manager

With the cooler months, one of Westchase’s pools will close until May.

I want to thank all the residents that visited the Village pool this year as we have closed it for the season. We enjoyed maintaining high standards of customer service, resort-style conditions and improved water chemistry for 2011.

We will continue to provide swimming services at the Countryway Boulevard pool year round, as the temperature will be maintained at a toasty 84 degrees during the colder months.

Please check our Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com for a,dditional programs such as the TriGals, Masters, competitive swimming, and swim lessons. Tennis lessons and group classes are also available. Please visit the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center or browse online for lessons and events taught by our tennis professionals.

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

The Westchase swimmers have been so busy this fall! Ten of our athletes are swimming for various area high schools. They are in the height of their championship season, battling through conference meets to qualify for districts. If they qualify for districts, then they must race their best to qualify for regions. And only if they do well enough at regions, can they move on to the very competitive Florida High School Swimming State Championships!

Once again I wish our high school swimmers good luck.

Not to be outdone, our younger swimmers have also been quite busy. Thirty Westchase swimmers braved some of the worst October weather in years over Oct. 8-9 to race in the city of Tampa’s Nike Swim Meet. Despite being the only Tampa Bay Aquatics branch there, the Westchase kids were able to pull off a second place team finish by themselves. This just shows what a strong group of young swimmers we have! In October we also attended the city of Largo's Annual Halloween Meet.

In November we will venture across the bay for a Clearwater meet as well as for Saturday Morning at the Races in St. Pete.

These events will give our swimmers plenty of chances to make their qualifying times for December’s Gator Classic Swim Meet, our big mid-season swim meet in Gainesville at the University of Florida pool. With all their hard work, I am sure on Thanksgiving Day the swim team kids will be doing some major feasting!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Swim and Tennis Center Unveils Online Registration and New Tennis Program

New opportunities abound at the center, making Westchase’ programs – and registering for them – even easier and more enjoyable.

The Westchase Pool and Tennis has been busy over the past several months with our tennis and swimming programs. This month we have a new 10-and-under tennis program being rolled out. See page 44 for an article about the new program and also consult the information provided on the tennis section of http://www.westchasewca.com

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If you are a bit older than 10 and interested in playing tennis, our adult tennis pro is ready to get you started or provide private lessons to improve your game.

For our adult swimmers we have hired a new Master's Swim Coach and swim instructor for those who want to swim during our early hours of 5-7 a.m.

If your child or you are interested in learning how to swim, your swim and tennis center also provides lessons year round.

For more advanced youth, our competitive swim program is always looking for new talent.

If your child wants to try out for the swim team, please contact the Swim and Tennis Center, or take a look on our web site, http://www.westchasewca.com for m,ore information on all of Westchase’s programs.

Last, this month we roll out an additional feature on the association’s Web site. Residents interested in signing up for programs at the Westchase swim and tennis centers can now register and pay for the programs online. Now you have no excuses! Having your family join the fun while getting fit and active has never been easier!

Check out the Web site today at http://www.westchasewca.com

By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

October is a welcome month for the Westchase swimmers. The humidity is gone and the three o'clock thunderstorms are history too. Now we can really focus on practices rather than on what we will have to do during storm delays. In July, August and September we had over 30 practices disrupted by bad weather.

Our swimmers have been busy working hard and attending various local swim meets in Largo, St. Pete and Clearwater. We are looking forward to a warmer winter than what we experienced the last two years.    

As October comes to an end, so does the Little Flippers Group. It just starts to get too cold for the little ones as we roll into winter. Don't worry, however, as we will start this program up again next May.

Our high school swimmers are busy getting ready for their run into their conference meets, followed by Districts, followed by Regions and then the Florida High School State Meets. We wish all the Westchase high school swimmers good luck!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

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Swim and Tennis Center Turns to Fall Programs

With school in full swing, our full schedule of fall programs will help keep the family busy and healthy.

We had a fantastic summer at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. The kids had a great time with the summer camps. They enjoyed tennis, swimming, games, sports, arts and crafts plus several field trips throughout each week.

Our swim team program is going strong and if your children are interested in joining the team, please contact the office to set up a swim test with Aquatic Director Kelley Allen.

Tennis programs for adults and children are also available if you have an interest in joining our programs or taking private lessons. Additional information about our programming can be found at http://www.westchasewca.com

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By Kelly Shires, WCA Operations Manager

Shires is the WCA’s Operations Manager and can be reached at wcacenter@wcamanager.com.

Swim News

The summer is busy for a swim coach, with 10 hours of coaching on deck everyday and long swim meets almost every weekend. There are no days off for months!

Now that school has started, I can catch my breath, catch up on office work and maybe catch some fish or some surf.

As the summer ends and the Westchase swim team grows older, we have more and more swimmers entering high school. This year we have swimmers attending Alonso, Robinson, Jesuit, Berkeley, Plant, Mitchell and Tampa Catholic. I want to wish all these kids good luck in the upcoming high school swim season!

We had a very good summer here at Westchase. Our team membership was up and the kids swam fast! We had 11 swimmers qualify for Junior Olympics (now called FLAGS). We even had one state champion from Westchase: Austin Seller won the 13-14 Boys 200 Breaststroke. We placed Westchase swimmer Paige Carter on the Florida Swimming Zone All Star team and Jocelyn Williams and Kyle Kimura attended the Senior Champs in Fort Pierce. At the last summer meet in late July, we even had several Area 3 Champs.

The Little Flippers group was well attended this summer but will be ending soon as the weather cools down in late October.

I’m looking forward to a great autumn swim season!

By Kelly Allen, Director of Competitive Swimming

Allen is the WCA Director of Competitive Swimming and can be reached at kah2o@aol.com.

Tennis News

Our Web site, http://www.westchasewca.com is go,ing to an online payment system for all of the Westchase programs! Simply log on and register for a password. There you will also be able to register for our player-search program for tennis enthusiasts. There will be a short questionnaire to fill out and this will help other players find you and vice-versa.

Westchase’s newly redesigned junior tennis program has four new clinics per week for the 5-7-years-olds and has extended the 8-12-year-old program to 4-5:30 p.m. The breakdown is:

5-7-years-old (red ball): 3:30-4:30 p.m. and  4:30-5:30 p.m.
8-12-years-old (orange ball): 4-5:30 p.m.
Middle and high schoolers (yellow ball): 5:30-7 p.m.

Because of the amount of clinics offered, we do have a minimum and maximum number of participants in each clinic. Please see the Web site for details.

We also have our popular Free Fridays once per session, supervised match play, tournaments, camps, family tennis fiestas and junior league tennis.

We are kicking off the season with a new adult tennis program, The Adult Tennis Buffet. The program features a daytime and evening version of three types of clinics. Tuesdays clinics, called Between the Lines, are all about technique. Monday’s tactical-based clinic, called All Court Tennis, helps with singles and doubles play. Wednesday and Saturday mornings’ clinics, called Run n’ Gun,  represent our version of cardio-tennis. This clinic is a lot more fun than running on a treadmill.

Players sign up for a designated number of hours for the four-week session and choose those clinics they would like to attend. Put yourself on a schedule or mix and match your clinics to meet your needs. Come on out and sample Brett’s Tennis Buffet!

By joining the adult or junior programs you will be considered a preferred player and will have access to other discounts during the session as well as a discount on each session thereafter.

By Mike Larscheid, Youth Tennis Director

Larscheid, the WCA’s Tennis Pro, can be reached at mike@wcamanager.com.

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